11 sweet ways to celebrate Father’s Day with kids

Cool ideas for the entire family.

ways to celebrate Father’s Day

Mamas do a lot for our families, but for many of us, nothing would be possible without the love and support from the men in our life. And father figures improve our children's lives, too. A large body of research found that when dad is there to read to, play with and care for his child, the child's developmental and educational outcomes are improved.

Whether it's your own dad, a partner, or a special uncle, men support and encourage us and deserve to be celebrated, too. To pay homage to dads everywhere, we've highlighted a few ways you and your littles can show him you care not only on Father's Day, but every single day (even while social distancing).

From picnics in the parks to making crafts, we've got you covered. Here are 11 dad-approved ways to celebrate Father's Day:

1. Grill together


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Every dad strives to be the grilling champion of the world. This year, join him in the fun and grill easy meals together. If safely is a concern, have small kids prep the food before grilling so they aren't near the fire.

2. Make decorations


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Every dad loves a homemade card from their little ones, but this year take it a step further and decorate your home with balloons and streamers. Bonus points if you decorate while he's asleep so he wakes up to a home filled with cute decorations.

3. Watch a movie

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Sure, we're all social distancing, but that doesn't mean you can't watch your favorite movies and shows with relatives from all over. Create accounts with Zoom, Skype or Houseparty, set up a time and press play at the same time. Just be sure to let the dads select the film this time.

4. Read books about dads


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Celebrate the bond between children and their father with stories that display positive father and child relationships. We like: Made for Me, Because I'm Your Dad and I Love You, Daddy.

5. Take pictures together

taking pictures

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Capture the special moments on Father's Day by pulling out your camera (or phone) and taking pictures. You can also hire a photographer and take pictures while practicing social distancing.

6. Make a craft


Use space themed foam stickers to decorate a straw and let him know he's "out of this world."

7. Have a dance party


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Not only does music enhance children's listening skills, but it's also closely related to higher IQs. Add in a few dance moves and you're all set for a fun, educational good time.

8. Have a picnic


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Grab a blanket, tasty snacks and sunscreen and you're all set for a day at the park.

9. Take a walk


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There are countless medical studies that prove that regular exercise is good for health, but did you know that taking a family walk can help you focus? A study from the University of Cincinnati found that taking a nature walk fosters a deeper family connection and overall cohesion.

10. Ride bikes

bike ride

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Learning how to ride a bike is a rite of passage, but teaching your child how to ride one is just as important in the journey of parenting. Grab family bikes and hit the road. Remember to be patient and don't try to force the process if your little doesn't immediately pick up on it.

11. Cuddle

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Did you know that cuddling your baby changes their DNA for the better? Use Father's Day as the perfect excuse to hug, kiss and cuddle your immediate family.

14 outdoor toys your kids will want to play with beyond summer

They transition seamlessly for indoor play.

With Labor day weekend in the rearview and back-to-school in full swing, most parents are fresh out of boxes to check on their "Fun Concierge" hit list. It's also the point of diminishing returns on investing in summer-only toys. So with that in mind, we've rounded up some of our favorite toys that are not only built to last but will easily make the transition from outdoor to indoor play. Even better, they're Montessori-friendly and largely open-ended so your kids can get a ton of use out of them.

From sunny backyard afternoons to rainy mornings stuck inside, these toys are sure to keep little ones engaged and entertained.

Meadow ring toss game

Plan Toys meadow ring toss game

Besides offering a fantastic opportunity to hone focus, coordination, determination and taking turns, lawn games are just plain fun. Set them up close together for the littles and spread them out when Mom and Dad get in on the action. With their low profile and rope rings, they're great for indoors as well.


Balance board

Plan Toys balance board

Balance boards are a fabulous way to get the wiggles out. This one comes with a rope attachment, making it suitable for even the youngest wigglers. From practicing their balance and building core strength to working on skills that translate to skateboarding and snowboarding, it's a year-round physical activity that's easy to bring inside and use between Zoom classes, too!


Detective set

Plan Toys detective setDetective Set

This set has everything your little detective needs to solve whatever mystery they might encounter: an eye glasses, walkie-talkie, camera, a red lens, a periscope and a bag. Neighborhood watch? Watch out.


Wooden doll stroller

Janod wooden doll strollerWooden Doll Stroller

Take their charges on a stroll around the block with this classic doll stroller. With the same versatility they're used to in their own ride, this heirloom quality carriage allows their doll or stuffy to face them or face the world.


Sand play set

Plan Toys sand set

Whether you're hitting the beach or the backyard sandbox, this adorable wooden sand set is ready for action. Each scoop has an embossed pattern that's perfect for sand stamping. They're also totally suitable for water play in the wild or the bathtub.


Water play set

Plan Toys water play set

Filled with sand or water, this tabletop sized activity set keeps little ones busy, quiet and happy. (A mama's ideal trifecta 😉). It's big enough to satisfy their play needs but not so big it's going to flood your floors if you bring the fun inside on a rainy day.


Mini golf set

Plan Toys mini golf set

Fore! This mini golf set is lawn and living room ready. Set up a backyard competition or incorporate into homeschooling brain breaks that shift focus and build concentration.


Vintage scooter balance bike

Janod retro scooter balance bike

Pedals are so 2010. Balance bikes are the way to go for learning to ride a bike while skipping the training wheels stage altogether. This impossibly cool retro scooter-style is built to cruise the neighborhood or open indoor space as they're learning.


Wooden rocking pegasus

plan toys wooden rocking pegasus

Your little will be ready to take flight on this fun pegasus. It gently rocks back and forth, but doesn't skimp on safety—its winged saddle, footrests and backrest ensure kids won't fall off whether they're rocking inside or outside.


Croquet set

Plan Toys croquet set

The cutest croquet set we've ever seen! With adorable animal face wooden balls and a canvas bag for easy clean up, it's also crafted to stick around awhile. Round after round, it's great for teaching kiddos math and problem-solving skills as well.


Wooden digital camera

fathers factory wooden digital camera

Kids get the chance to assemble the camera on their own then can adventure anywhere to capture the best moments. With two detachable magnetic lenses, four built-in filters and video recorder, your little photographer can tap into their creativity from summertime to the holidays.


Wooden bulldozer toy

plan toys wooden bulldozer toy

Whether they're digging up sand in the backyad or picking up toys inside, kids can get as creative as they want picking up and moving things around. Even better? Its wooden structure means it's not an eye sore to look at wherever your digger drops it.


Pull-along hippo

janod toys pull along hippo toy

There's just something so fun about a classic pull-along toy and we love that they seamlessly transition between indoor and outdoor play. Crafted from solid cherry and beechwood, it's tough enough to endure outdoor spaces your toddler takes it on.


Baby forest fox ride-on

janod toys baby fox ride on

Toddlers will love zooming around on this fox ride-on, and it's a great transition toy into traditional balance bikes. If you take it for a driveway adventure, simply use a damp cloth to wipe down the wheels before bringing back inside.


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